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David David Katzman's second novel, A Greater Monster, is perhaps the most original and perhaps the most harrowing book to come along in a while...It would take most of us a lifetime to think of all the characters and situations within these 369 pages. The brilliance of his imagination aside, we must also consider that this novel is a lot to absorb...However, you will be refreshed with new characters and situations every few pages--all of which will be other-worldly. You will stumble onto sparks, which will snowball into a catharsis more than once. Most of all, you will be challenged as both a reader and a thinker. If the pros outweigh the cons for you, then David David Katzman might just be your new favorite author. --Maggie Hellwig, The Chicagoist

It is a jigsaw of writing and you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. A book to ponder and to read for the sheer life on the page.... --Common Ills blog

Brilliant, insane and utterly unique, A Greater Monster offers pure sensory stimulation ... the graphics, concept and narration are pause-worthy, and they all combine to create literary indulgence at its best, its most interactive. --Jen Knox, author of To Begin Again (2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner)

I can't express how brilliant my favorite scenes in A Greater Monster are. In this extraordinary work, Katzman pushes language to do things, which are truly astounding. --Carra Stratton, Editor, Starcherone Press

With unique humor and plenty to think about, A Greater Monster is a fine and much recommended choice. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch

Intelligently written and displayed, A Greater Monster is truly like no book I have ever read before. While visions of Alice in Wonderland strayed through the back of my thoughts, this book is so much more. I admire David David Katzman's creativity and the amount of work that must have gone into creating such an exotic literary gift for readers who like to read beyond the lines of contemporary fiction. --Paige Lovitt, BLOGCRITICS.ORG

This is bizarro fiction at its most intense. It contains scenes and unique designs that seem engineered by some Mad Hatter and Chuck Palahniuk cross-breed. --Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk

Imaginative, explosive and poetic. A real trip! ... A brain-singeing look at humanity at its strangest. ... Dark and edgy, like a Blade Runner for English majors. --Judges quotes from the 2012 Independent Book Publisher Awards

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David David Katzman's first novel, Death by Zamboni, continues to be an acclaimed success. In 2013, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLAPcenter.com) published a collection of his letters entitled The Kickstarter Letters. He was also published in Bridge Literary Magazine and Tailspins magazine. Katzman has a Master's Degree in English Literature from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University. He has performed as an actor and improviser throughout Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bedhead Books; First edition (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983864403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983864400
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The day I started reading A Greater Monster was the day I also entered the beginning stages of a three-day fever, slipping in and out of a halfsleep delirium. It was quite the conducive state of mind for experiencing this book, at least while I was conscious enough to hold it up to my eyes.

Quickly jettisoning from an urban surface world, AGM delves deep into a bleak, nightmarish Bardo-like landscape populated with a wide and curious assortment of hyperspace demigods. Their actions toward the central character range a full spectrum of intentions, some harmful, others ambivalent, a few helpful. No matter how alien this world may seem, it is also still recognizably our own, in some form. Threaded throughout is an unspoken warning against the careless degradation of our planet's life-sustaining environment.

The salvation/solution to this possible future state comes in the form of ego dissolution, creating an undercurrent of anxiety at first, but in the end proving to be the price paid for achieving unlimited creative freedom. As crazy as AGM comes across on some levels, it is at the same time a very sane book. The writing is highly experimental and full of wordplay. And at the core of it all seems to be a serious treatise on time. Neither denying its validity, nor accepting it at face value, AGM attacks, dissects, and pulls apart time, testing to see if it actually even exists. Whether or not it succeeds at finally unmasking time's true nature, the courageous attempt to do so is a worthy endeavor.
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When I was asked to write something concise about this book, I panicked, because how does one sum up reptilian transformations, cranial birth of mythical monsters, and grotesque circus performances of dismemberment and sex? Nearly every page surprised me with new and utterly bizarre adventures for the main character (or is it characters?), to say nothing of the outlandish text itself. Flip through the book to see what I mean - I guarantee you nothing else in the store looks like it. And right when I began to think "Ok, there's no way this can get any crazier," it switched to pictures of monster ballet. Since I've been given the opportunity to showcase my ego a bit, I'll say that I read a lot, and I have NEVER read something like this. I don't know how to end this summary without using another adjective extolling A Greater Monster's uniqueness, so I'll use three: SINGULAR, PECULIAR, and UNORTHODOX!
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I blew through this book in about 2 days. There's so much going on that it's hard to put it down, and it keeps your mind's eye visually stimulated the entire time. The amount of imagination put into all of the elaborate characters, wordplay, and visual design of the whole package is really really impressive. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a reading experience that's really out of the ordinary, but squeegee your 3rd eye clean because through all the madness there's still a message, and you'll have to figure out what this book is saying, sometimes screaming at you. Enjoy it.
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A GREATER MONSTER redefines the concept of the graphic prose novel.

This story is a psychedelic journey with no limitations and infinite possibilities. David is a master of words and uses them not only to tell his story but to illustrate it as well.

And speaking of illustrations, there is a transition in this book that is brilliantly put together. You can tell just by looking at these transforming illustrations just how much time and effort was put into all of it.

To give away any serious plot details about this book would be a dis-service to the reader. The joy of this book is that you can read it 100 times and get 100 different interpretations from it. There is something to pick up with each reading. This is a book that pays off in more ways than one.

Congratulations to David for not only putting this book out there in such style but for doing it all on his own. A task that is much easier said than done.

This is a fine and beautiful production that is sure to take you to a different and fun place!

Enjoy!
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What a long stange trip it's been...

To me, this one was more than just a book, it was an intense experience. This one read like prose poetry at it's finest. Full of word play, font experimentation,and even a few elements of bizarro thrown in for fun.

You'll want to read this one slowly because if you don't, you could miss so much. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say there are phrases within the book that link to websites that enhanced the reading of the book for me even more so than the wonderful artwork that was squashed between the text of the book.

Seriously, I really loved everything about this one - from feeling high, to the magnificent art work, to the beautifully crafted language, to being sad when the journey was over. I can see why it took David David Katzman 7 years to write this one because there's so many levels to explore once you fall down the rabbit hole.
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I'm not done with the book yet, but I can't resist beginning a review for this is a work of genius, linguistic genius, written by someone who can obviously do whatever he wants with words. A Greater Monster is listed as or tagged as a work of apocalyptic literature and a work of fantasy--apocalyptic maybe, but fantasy? No--it's surrealism intensely realized. I'll be back when I finish the book.

Done.

I came across this in a book today: 'Added to this is the knowledge we unconsciously take to the streets: to Heraclitus has been attributed the observation that one cannot step into the same river twice; to atomic physicists this has been exacerbated by the proofs that no material is the same twice. Worse, insights beginning in the 19th century developed into a cataract—never the same twice—of understanding of our inner worlds, which not only are in incessant flux, but cannot but distort the external environment with which they interplay.' Katzman's A Greater Monster takes this assumption as a starting point for his philosophical discussion about existence, which is what I take the antics in the book to be all about. Among the descriptions of an original bestiary there are astute comments, profound discussions, a very critical examination/plaint regarding the human.
I have to compare Katzman to someone, which is what you do when you write a review that wants to express that the author is good enough to enter the canon. But I doubt Katzman would agree that Samuel Beckett is his primary literary cohort.
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